Katy Softball Storms By Klein Collins; Earns 2nd State Title Since 2015

 

Before Saturday’s UIL 6A state championship game began, there were signs that pointed to a possible Klein Collins’ victory. The North Houston Tigers had two more wins than the West Houston Tigers, scored 10 more semifinal runs than their counterpart on Friday, and had an early season 12-2 victory against them.

But, the final score showed something different. Katy finished with an 8-2 victory and its second state crown since 2015.

“Any time Katy Nation wins something, it’s really, really big,” said Katy coach Kalum Haack. “It doesn’t matter what sport it’s in. Fortunately, it was us here at the end of the school year. Hopefully, we’ll get a chance to do this again some day because it’s indescribable making it here.”

The West Houston Tigers had to use a sixth inning double steal to squeak out a 1-0 victory on Friday, compared to the North Houston Tigers’ 11-1 win against New Braunfels Canyon in five innings, but powered its way to runs in the first four innings on Saturday.

Alyssa LeBlanc was the VYPE Player of the Game on Saturday, like she was for Friday’s semifinal, so she led Katy to wins in back-to-back days. In her latest outing, she recorded two hits and a RBI, and struck out seven batters.

“We’ve been working so hard for this moment, and we just knew we had to go out there to try our hardest to win the state championship,” said LeBlanc. “That’s what we did, and all of our hard work paid off.”

Katy led 2-0 early because Cait Calland’s sac bunt brought Tori Whillock home for a run in the bottom of the first, and Chloe Woodward’s successful bunt attempt allowed Jacquie Kissamis to score in the following inning.

The Tigers weren’t done scoring, as they expanded their lead to seven by the end of the fourth inning. A third inning fielder’s choice allowed Kailey Wyckoff to score and Calland to reach base. The latter scored on LeBlanc’s RBI single.

The fourth saw Sydney Blakeman steal home, Whillock score on a wild pitch, and Wyckoff add another run on Chloe Cobb’s RBI single.

Katy wrapped up its scoring when Whillock stole second, and came all the way home on an error in the sixth.

The only Collins’ scores came in the top of the fifth. Kylee Jacks scored when Mia Cantu was intentionally walked and Renata Boyd’s RBI single drove in Arwin Callaway.

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